Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor on the next bipartisan AI Insight Forum, which will take place next week. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Next Tuesday, the Senate will hold our second in a series of bipartisan – let me underscore, bipartisan – AI Insight Forums, focusing on our north star for AI: innovation.
Our inaugural AI Insight Forum last month was one of the most informative and historic discussions ever held in the Congress. The debate was illuminating, the discussions were candid, unvarnished, direct.
Next week, we’ll turn to AI innovation: both transformational innovation--the kind of innovation that creates new vistas, unlocks new cures, improves education, protects our food supply, protects our national security--but also to sustainable innovation, which is the kind of guardrails needed to prevent the negatives in AI, necessary to prevent against AI’s risks and minimize the chance that this technology becomes unmanageable or worse. We're going to focus on both these types of innovation, both of which are needed.
Congress has taken leaps forward in the past few months, learning more about the benefits and risks of AI from the world’s leading experts, getting some of the companies that do AI to sit down with some of the critics so we can begin to fashion the kinds of guardrails that are necessary.
Our committees continue to lead the way, having hosted more than 15 hearings on AI this year, and the bipartisan AI Gang is working to supplement committees’ critical work with our AI Insight Forums.
But there is still so much more to learn and do on AI, which is rapidly changing as we speak, so these forums are designed to ensure the Senate is asking the right questions, having the right debates, and getting to the heart of this complex issue.
I urge everyone to attend next week’s bipartisan forum, and I thank my colleagues Senator Rounds, Senator Heinrich, Senator Young for helping organize this discussion.